Terrorism has been a grim feature of our time, but the tactic is far from new. The Revolutionary War, like every war, was marked by wanton violence. One of the cruelest incidents came in October 1777 when the British attacked the city of Kingston, then the capital of New York State.
A massive enemy invasion in 1776 had driven patriot forces from New York City. The delegates who were in the process of writing a state constitution moved away from the fighting, first to White Plains, then to Fishkill. Continue reading
The Catskill Mountain Railroad is set to celebrate classic 1903 silent movie “Great Train Robery” on May 26th with interactive train rides at the Westbrook Station in Kingston.
Trains will leave the Westbrook Station at Kingston Plaza and travel up the Hurley Flats. Excursions includes a stop at a local festival with live music and local vendors. Continue reading
Friends of Historic Kingston (FHK) is set to reopen its doors for the 2018 season beginning Friday and Saturday, May 4 and 5.
This season celebrates Kingston’s landmarks and local history with an exhibit in the FHK Gallery entitled, “Charles Keefe, Colonial Revival Architect, Kingston and New York,” the Fred J. Johnston House Tour, and monthly guided walking tours of the Stockade and Rondout National Historic Districts. Continue reading
A conference on Black History in the Hudson Valley has been set for Saturday, July 14th, from 9 am to 5:30 pm, in Kingston.
Hosted by the Hudson River Maritime Museum and The Library at the A.J. Williams-Myers African Roots Center, the focus of this conference is the history of Black and African-American residents in the Hudson Valley, including communities and work along the canals and tributaries of the Hudson River. Continue reading
The Senate House Museum in Kingston is planning a discussion of their newest exhibit, “Kingston’s Stockade: New Netherlands’ Third City”, on Thursday February 8, 2018 at 7 pm.
The program will be presented by Travis Bowman, Curator at the New York State Bureau of Historic Sites in Waterford. He will discuss the research and translations that were conducted in preparation for the new exhibit, giving a more in-depth glimpse to everyday life in late 17th century Kingston. Continue reading
The Friends of Historic Kingston (FHK) has presented the following awards to individuals for outstanding work in the area of local history, restoration, and community stewardship:
Local History Award:
To: Paul O’Neill, for the “Buried Treasure” Lecture Series. Presented by Peter Roberts, FHK President of Board, Emeritus. Continue reading
The Senate House State Historic Site in Kingston will celebrate the autumn season at the 18th Century Autumn Festival on Saturday October 14, 2017 from 11 am to 3 pm.
The festival is part of the citywide commemoration of the Burning of Kingston. Continue reading
The Friends of Historic Kingston (FHK) has announced their upcoming Noontime Conversation Series will begin on Friday, September 15th, 2017.
The half-hour talks begin at noon in the Friends of Historic Kingston Gallery. The focus of these informal conversations is FHK’s acquisition of noteworthy portraits – one pair by John Vanderlyn, and one pair by his nephew, John Vanderlyn, Jr. Continue reading
The walking tour of the Rondout National Historic District, offered by Friends of Historic Kingston, will take place on Saturday, July 29, departing at 1 pm from the Kingston Visitors Center, 20 Broadway.
The one-hour tour focuses on the rise of Rondout in the nineteenth century as a thriving maritime village during the era when the village was the terminus for the Delaware and Hudson Canal. The rich legacy of commercial buildings, cast-iron storefronts, homes, and churches built by the various nationalities who emigrated to Rondout is viewed.
Pete Roberts, member of Friends of Historic Kingston (FHK), will host the last of three noontime conversations in the FHK gallery June 16.
The conversations will honor the centennial commemoration of World War I and Kingston’s part in it. Memorabilia from the FHK Archives, the William Anderson Carl Collection, and the Samuel Bernstein Collection are featured including photographs and related materials that depict Kingston’s role in 1917-1918. The American Legion (Post 150) made a special loan of the iconic artwork Columbia by Edwin Howland Blashfield (1919). Continue reading